Your 5 Point Quarantine Checklist
I wrote this 5 Point Quarantine Checklist originally in my April 2020 newsletter. I’ve never got so much positive feedback on a single newsletter. So I decided to expand it into a blog article for everyone to enjoy.
My aim was to reflect the current situation with compassion to your individual situation -and without sounding tone-deaf.
There’s still a lot of things that you can do for your personal image and style but there’s also been a massive shift in priorities. Overlooking that fact of our current life would be just naive.
With this piece I am sending you all my love and strength. I hope you are coping well and that you are healthy. Better times are coming so stay strong.
Stay Safe & Stay Sane
1. You Don’t Have To Be Productive
There’s a lot of helpful advice going around (my own included) encouraging you to make the best use of this time. If you don’t feel like it or your every day life is demanding all you have right now, skip it.
Nobody is doing door-to-door checks on this!
If you still have the stamina to work on personal development, start with this easy guide on how to improve your personal image from home.
That collection of image consulting tips requires no budget and minimal technical skills. It’s already split in small chunks that you can do at your own pace.
Or grab these tips by mental health and body positivity blogger The Phat Girl: “8 Productive Ways To Spend Time Alone“. I promise that Tanya has the kindest approach to being productive and you will be in good hands with her.
Do these activities ONLY if you want and if you feel like it. It’s 100% acceptable not to be productive right now.
2. It’s OK To Be Lazy
Netflix-series and junk food? Yes please! This is a lock down, not a fat camp. Your body is still beautiful and you are still amazing, even if you don’t feel like working out right now.
I admit that being physically active and eating healthy makes me feel better about everything. But I am not going to beat myself up for being lazy.
I am running my image consulting business, blogging, homeschooling two kids and making sure nobody goes too close to anyone. That’s multiple full-time jobs right there.
I am sure you are juggling a lot of things at the moment too. So keep it simple and do what feels good. Get a little bit of fresh air every day. Catch a few rays of glorious spring sun.
Stretch like a cat, curl up in a cozy corner like a cat.
Back to Netflix: If you are short of ideas what to watch then head straight to The Starving Artist Blog for “20 Netflix Shows to Binge During Quarantine”. Carolyn has you covered for weeks, if not months, to come!
3. Don’t Forget Self-Care
For me style has always been a way of self-expression but it’s also a way of taking care of yourself. Style can make you improve your mood and make you happier.
Wearing nice things gives you purpose and direction. Your style can increase your confidence and feel of being in control. We have never needed this boost more than right now.
It’s perfectly fine to want beautiful things and to care about your style. Social distancing doesn’t change or stop your dreams and aspirations.
This quarantine is a great opportunity to wear anything you ever wanted to try but was too insecure to wear in public.
Now it’s the ideal time because at home you can try all the looks you ever dreamed of. Nobody will see you or judge you so go have fun with your style!
Shop only if are able to do it safely. Consider buying things online. Before buying check how the shops are communicating their Covid-strategy and favor stores who are able to guarantee a safe handling process.
Get started and grab your spring style inspiration in my Spring Summer 2020 Fashion Trend Report. It is an inclusive piece that promotes body positivity and encourages to shop your own closet.
Spoiler alert: You might not have to buy anything new this season!
4. Take Shortcuts Where You Can
Here in The Netherlands week 6 of working from home (if possible) and homeschooling (if applicable) has kicked in. It has been quite an adjustment to this still fairly new situation.
You might feel the pressure to do everything right and perfect now that you “have the time” for it. In reality you might actually have less time in your hands, or that the time has been divided in a totally new way.
For example, I find myself working late almost every evening because that’s when the house is quiet. I am still helping my online image consulting and personal styling clients during the day but the rest of it is taken by my children.
Yes, sometimes we eat simple sandwiches for lunch and ready-made meals for dinner. We take shortcuts where we can.
But remember that shortcuts mean different things to different people. That Sourdough Girl is actually taking a shortcut because then she doesn’t have to go to the shop for a while. So one woman’s shortcut is another one’s marathon.
I loved this article by Content Creator Madi Dearson: “Working At Home With Kids Around – How To Manage It All”. Her tips made me feel instantly better about not exceling at everything.
I have found my own way and my own pace to do my work but my recipe for success doesn’t necessary work for you, or the other way around.
The main thing is to keep your cool and stay confident about your choices. Sometimes it’s perfectly fine to make frozen pizzas for dinner and call it a day!
5. Stay Safe And Healthy
Nothing, I repeat NOTHING, is worth risking your well being. There’s a huge social pressure to attend campaigns, groups and initiatives. It’s OK not to join any of these.
I pressed that ignore button and you can do that too. If you are experiencing FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), then you might be relieved to know that not much is going on out there. You won’t be missing a thing!
Your most important task is to stay home and practice social distancing. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Stay sane. That’s enough. The rest you can ignore.
I am always here to help you online and in my blog & social media. I might not know all the answers but I can offer an ear to listen and a virtual shoulder to cry on.
The comments section of this blog are for you to open up and tell about your situation. You can also share tips and tricks how to make this period a more pleasant one.
You are doing a great job and I am proud of you!